From BBC News
Retail sales grew only slightly last month, as cash-strapped consumers remained under pressure, figures show.
Sales volumes excluding petrol rose just 0.2% in July, a slowdown on the 0.8% increase in June, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Sales of household goods, clothing and footwear all declined.
Consumer spending continues be affected by a number of factors, including higher inflation, job losses and limited wage rises.
Inflation in July, as measured by the government’s preferred Consumer Prices Index, increased to 4.4% from 4.2% in June. This is more than double the 2% target rate.